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Back To School Tech You Should Know About

My kiddos aren’t even in grade school yet, but you all know I love the back-to-school season! 

Whether your kiddo is using Google Docs to do homework, your high schooler is stepping into the world of graphic and web design, or your last college kid is leaving the nest (sniff, sniff), most families utilize tech a bit more heading into the school year.

If your family is looking for a new laptop, tablet, or printer, here’s a quick round-up of family-friendly, affordable options. (But, if you’re super tech-y and want more of the nitty gritty details, check out this great article from CNET and this one, more specifically about tech for college students, from The NY Times.)

Samsung Galaxy Tab A 16GB 8″ Tablet

Super portable, lightweight, and excellent functionality. This makes a good shared family item, but is also great for students who need to take notes during class or simply don’t need the full functionality of a laptop.

If you plan on using your tablet for more robust purposes, like writing papers using a bluetooth keyboard, you might want to consider the 10.1” version so you have a bigger screen.

Amazon Fire HD 8 with Alexa

The Amazon Fire is another fabulous tablet option. The biggest difference between this and the Samsung Galaxy Tab is the software. They both run Android software, but the Amazon Fire uses a modified version. The Amazon Fire also has more direct access to Amazon services, which is appreciated by many Amazon Prime users.

HP Chromebook 11.6″ Laptop

If you can do everything you need to in Chrome and Google Docs (read: most people out there!), this is a commendable, affordable option for a laptop. (If you’re looking to do design work or run robust programs, this isn’t for you.) This laptop is simple and easy to use, meaning that it’s a good choice for kids and non-tech-savvy parents alike.

ASUS 13.3″ Zenbook Laptop

The wonderful ASUS Zenbook is my favorite – it’s what I’m using to type this blog post right now, actually. It’s a bit more expensive than the Chromebook, but it has far more capabilities. This would be a quality choice for a college student – researching, writing papers, and running various programs all at once is no problem for this laptop.

HP DeskJet DJ2655 All-in-One Color Printer

A simple, straightforward printer for the family that needs to have printing capabilities at home. This HP printer is wireless, which is a must-have feature these days. This printer is also a scanner and copier, which will come in handy throughout the school year.

Brother MFC-J885DW Color Inkjet All-in-One Printer

This is a bit more robust than the HP printer listed above, and it’s similar to the one I have. In addition to printing, copying, and scanning, it can print duplex and can print from mobile devices. (It’s also wireless, like the HP DeskJet.)

Now that we’re officially back into the swing of things and your kids are starting to bring home more work and study needs, make sure they’re equipped with the right technology (that won’t break the bank)!